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Shelley Lasica
WHEN I AM NOT THERE

Shelley Lasica – WHEN I AM NOT THERE

The work of Shelley Lasica reveals a sustained exploration of dance, movement and the varying contexts in which they can occur. WHEN I AM NOT THERE provides an important occasion to reflect on forty years of Lasica’s choreographic practice and is the first project of its kind in Australia.

WHEN I AM NOT THERE features a mise-en-scène comprising new and existing elements, including contributions from the artist’s long-term collaborators and a new ensemble commissioned for the occasion and performed live for the duration of the gallery’s opening hours

The 2021 recipient of an Australia Council Dance Fellowship, Lasica has developed this new work with a team of ten other artists, including LJ Connolly-Hiatt, Luke Fryer, Timothy Harvey, Rebecca Jensen, Megan Payne, Lisa Radford, Lana Šprajcer, Oliver Savariego, François Tétaz and Colby Vexler.

The performance-exhibition presents components from Lasica’s archive of earlier works, including costuming, objects, soundscapes and text. Consolidating ideas and experiments that Lasica has been developing throughout her career, WHEN I AM NOT THERE contributes to discussions around choreography in the gallery space and activates the tension between what it means ‘to perform’ and ‘to exhibit’.

WHEN I AM NOT THERE is accompanied by a substantial monograph featuring new writing from Erin Brannigan, Justin Clemens, Claudia La Rocco, Robyn McKenzie and Zoe Theodore. Positioning Lasica’s oeuvre within Australian contemporary practice as well as international contexts, it is the first monograph published on an Australian choreographer and includes a comprehensive account of her performance and exhibition history alongside extensive documentation drawn from her archive. 

Dates

Tuesday 11 June | 10am–3pm 
Wednesday 12 June | 10am–3pm 
Thursday 13 June | 10am–3pm 
Friday 14 June | 10am–3pm 
Saturday 15 June | 12–5pm 
Sunday 16 June | 12–5pm 
Tuesday 18 June | 10am–3pm 
Wednesday 19 June | 10am–3pm  
Thursday 20 June | 10am–3pm 
Friday 21 June | 10am–3pm 
Saturday 22 June | 12 5pm 
Sunday 23 June | 12–5pm 

About the Artist

Shelley Lasica is based in Naarm/Melbourne and has been working nationally and internationally for over four decades. Her practice has consistently engaged with the contexts and situations of presenting dance, choreography and performance. Interested in the collective and interdisciplinary possibilities of choreography, Lasica performs her solo and ensemble works in dialogue with designers, writers and visual artists. Lasica’s choreographic works have been shown within visual art, theatre and festival contexts. These include the Melbourne Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Artspace Sydney, Centre nationale de la danse, Paris and Siobhan Davies Studios, London. 

Performers: Luke Fryer, LJ Connolly-Hiatt, Timothy Harvey, Rebecca Jensen, Shelley Lasica, Megan Payne, Oliver Saraviego and Lana Špracjer
Creative Producer: Zoe Theodore
Producer: Phoebe Kelly
Consultants: Lisa Radford and Colby Vexler
Sound Score: François Tétaz
Contributing Artists: Kara Baker, Tony Clark, Belinda Hellier, Martin Grant, Robyn McKenzie, Anne-Marie May, Callum Morton, Richard Nylon,  Shio Otani, Fiona Scanlan, Jacquie Shelton and Kathy Temin 
Commission curator: Hannah Mathews 

 


Supporters

Supported by PICA’s Director’s Circle.

Shelley Lasica: WHEN I AM NOT THERE is co-commissioned by Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council and the Art Gallery of New South Wales support partner Atelier.

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